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Car thief suspect Andrew Coulter arrested at Belfast International Airport

By Alan Erwin

An alleged car thief wanted for more than five years was arrested at Belfast International Airport, the High Court has heard.

A fingerprint hit led to Andrew Coulter being detained last week as he arrived on a flight from Amsterdam, prosecutors revealed.

The 26-year-old, with an address at Merok Crescent, Belfast, faces charges over offences linked to car thefts stretching back to 2008.

During a bail application, prosecuting counsel Conor Maguire said bench warrants had been issued for his arrest.

The barrister disclosed that a fingerprint was recovered from the scene of an alleged attempted theft two years ago.

"It was on foot of that alert that the applicant was arrested coming through the International Airport on a flight from Amsterdam on May 22," Mr Maguire said.

He confirmed, however, that police were not opposing Coulter's release.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Treacy ordered Coulter to surrender his passport. A night-time curfew and electronic tagging conditions were also imposed.

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